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Duke of Gloucester goes one better than Queen’s telegram for Betty!

Duke of Gloucester meets 100 year-old Broomgrove resident Betty Richardson

A 100-year-old nursing home resident has ensured her centenary year will go down in history!

Not only did Betty Richardson receive a telegram from the Queen – she also entertained a personal visit from her cousin, His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester!

The royal dropped in at Sheffield’s Broomgrove Care Home where he met staff and residents and enjoyed a performance by the Lost Chord – the South Yorkshire-based charity that specialise in providing interactive music sessions for dementia sufferers.

The Duke took special interest in resident Betty Richardson as his own mother lived to the ripe old age of 102 years-old.

He asked Betty if her position as elder of the home carried any sway.

“I get my own way quite a lot”, admitted the sprightly 100 year old.

Donna Pierpoint, the manager at Broomgrove Care Home, said:

It’s not every day you get a member of the royal family visiting a care home!

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed meeting him and I hope the Duke of Gloucester now has more of an appreciation about the work we do and the quality of life we provide for our residents.

The Duke of Gloucester meets Broomgrove resident Jean Callin (seated) with Broomgrove manager Donna Pierpoint.The Duke of Gloucester also chatted to 95-year-old Broomgrove resident Jean Callin, the former leader of Sheffield Chamber Orchestra, and 67-year-old Rod Knowles – one of the home’s youngest residents.

Broomgrove, which is sited just off Ecclesall Road in Sheffield, is the only home of its kind with charitable status in the city and surrounding region.

More information from

Broomgrove Nursing Homes is situated at 30 Broomgrove Road, Sheffield S10 2LR. Tel: 0114 266 1311.

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